Vauxhall Motors v Posh 4th Qualifying Rd 15 Nov 1947
Score: Vauxhall Motors (Luton) 2 v Peterborough Utd 1
Referee: E. Adams
Vauxhall Motors although outclassed for most of the game, put an end to Peterborough United’s Cup hopes at Luton. The score was 2-1, the winning goal coming from a penalty 13 minutes from the end.
Throughout it was the same old story, good approach work spoiled by atrocious finishing. Biggest offender was Ranshaw who missed two splendid chances of pulling the game out of the fire in the closing minutes. But the blame for the United’s downfall must be shared by the whole forward line, with the exception of Burton. He made a dozen scoring chances, and the way in which he drew the defence before slipping the ball into wide open spaces was beautiful to watch. Had just one of the inside forwards been smart enough to anticipate Burton’s moves, a different story would have been written.
Vauxhall were not the team one had been led to believe, and the United should have had the game safe long before the interval. They started off on the right foot by scoring in the first minute. Burton and Rickards inspired the movement, and from the latter’s pass Ranshaw drove the ball goalwards. Campbell could only push it down for Squires to score easily.
As time went on Peterborough’s attack began to take things too leisurely and even Vauxhall’s equaliser in the 25th minute failed to spur them into action. The goal should never have been. From a free-kick just outside the penalty area the ball was lobbed into the goalmouth. It fell at the feet of Chambers and from his pass Smith, unmarked six yards from goal, banged the ball past Ferguson.
This was one of the few occasions on which Ferguson saw the ball at close quarters, thanks to brilliant work by Rickards and Parrott.
In the second half it seemed a certainty that a winning goal must come to Unite. But the chances continued to go abegging, and with thirteen minutes to go Harris handled in a Luton breakaway. From the penalty Weston scored.
Receipts from the game were £112.
The Posh: Bob Ferguson, Bernie Bryan, Cyril Parrott, Tommy Rickards, Fred Warnes, Tom Harris, Nat Brooksbank, Stan Burton, Frank Squires, Colin Rawson and Jack Ranshaw.
Vauxhall Motors (Luton): R. Campbell, K. Andrews, W. Weston, A. Laing, W. Hare, C. Cosgrove, H. Marriott, K. Brazier, S. Smith, K. Chambers and K. Sharp.
Goal scorers: The Posh – Frank Squires 1 min. Vauxhall Motors (Luton) – Smith 25 mins and Weston 77 mins.